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Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades
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Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades

Welcome to the room where time lives. I am standing in a space bristling with atomic clocks at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, U.K., which generates...

Home Users Cite Laziness for Lax Online Security
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Home Users Cite Laziness for Lax Online Security

A survey examining why people do not adequately protect their home computers found that about 80 percent of respondents said they were too lazy. 

New Research on Gigabit Wireless Communications
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New Research on Gigabit Wireless Communications

Two papers presented at the recent IEEE 2014 Wireless Communications and Networking Conference could significantly impact the future of mobile devices. 

Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer
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Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer

SRI International is rethinking the design of Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot to try to help the machine retain its capabilities while trimming its power consumption...

UNSW Scientists Using AI to Create Elastic Cloud
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UNSW Scientists Using AI to Create Elastic Cloud

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to build a computer network they say can regulate its own consumption of public cloud services. 

Sneak a Peek Through the Mist to Technology of the Future
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Sneak a Peek Through the Mist to Technology of the Future

A tabletop display system could change the way people interact and collaborate in the future. 

Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S.
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Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S.

The U.S. sees Crimea as "occupied territory," as the government said in a recent statement.

Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence
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Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence

In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a "vibrant discussion" about Internet search competition.

ACM Europe Panel Explores the Future of CS Research in Europe
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ACM Europe Panel Explores the Future of CS Research in Europe

Considering the future of Europe's global competitiveness in research and innovation.

Ancient Mars Probably Too Cold for Liquid Water
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Ancient Mars Probably Too Cold for Liquid Water

Mars' atmosphere was probably never thick enough to keep temperatures on the planet's surface above freezing for the long term, suggests research published today...

Internet of Things: The 'Ghosts' that Haunt the Machine
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Internet of Things: The 'Ghosts' that Haunt the Machine


U.S. Rallied 120 Nations in Response to 2012 Cyberattack on American Banks
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U.S. Rallied 120 Nations in Response to 2012 Cyberattack on American Banks

In 2012, the Obama administration appealed to 120 nations to help block a wide-ranging cyberattack campaign against U.S. banks 

Command a Glowing Robot Horde to Do Your Bidding
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Command a Glowing Robot Horde to Do Your Bidding

Researchers have built palm-sized glowing robots that can scurry along the ground at the command of someone using a tablet or a gesture-sensing camera. 

A Faster Internet for Your Smartphones
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A Faster Internet for Your Smartphones

Namehelp Mobile is a smartphone application that compares Domain Name Service performance provided by one's organization and by public DNS systems. 

Future Computers That Are 'Normally Off'
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Future Computers That Are 'Normally Off'

Researchers have outlined the future of spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random access memory. 

Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on NSA
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Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency's annual Cyber Defense Exercise determines which of the five U.S. military service academies can best withstand cyberthreats. 

Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow
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Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.

Heartbleed Bug's 'Voluntary' Origins
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Heartbleed Bug's 'Voluntary' Origins

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European...

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'Oversight'
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Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'Oversight'

The developer who introduced the "Heartbleed" vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites has told the Guardian it was an "oversight"—but...

Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here
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Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here

Smartphone mapping features are great for getting directions, until you lose signal.
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